John Carmack leaves id Software

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Stanislao Moulinsky, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/22/doom-creator-john-carmack-officially-leaves-id-software

    I'm one of those that thinks that id lost its way and relevance after Quake 3. At this point I don't know what value this studio has anymore for Zenimax. Their IPs aren't that valuable nowadays and with Carmack gone they can't use the studio as an "engine creator".

    Regardless, end of an era.
     
  2. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Wow, he was the last well known member of the old 'crew', wasn't he?

    To be honest I thought he had left Id years ago and only then found out he was still with them.

    Will this BTW affect Id software much?
     
  3. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    I doubt it, Carmack AFAIK wasn't involved that much anymore with the projects they were doing (aside from the tech stuff). Who knows how the higher ups at Zenimax will react, though? Personally I think id won't survive for long. The only project they have is Doom 4 and rumours has that its development is a mess.
     
  4. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Do you have any links on the development of Doom 4? I would be interested in going through these.

    I am also not that surprised as the game has been in development for quite some time, hasn't it?
    Perhaps mistaken with another title but didn't they start completely over a while ago?
     
  5. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
  6. CthuluIsSpy

    CthuluIsSpy A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Hopefully he will form his own company, and make some badass FPS games. The ones that ID released recently have been disappointing, imo.
     
  7. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Read the first link, seems Carmack is going to focus on something else.
     
  8. Stanislao Moulinsky

    Stanislao Moulinsky Vault Fossil

    Jul 16, 2009
    Why would he form another company if it was HIM that sold it in the first place?

    Anyway he seems to be done with game development. Now he works for Oculus VR, a company that is working on the Oculus Rift, a head mounted VR display.
     
  9. CthuluIsSpy

    CthuluIsSpy A Smooth-Skin

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    Dec 20, 2011
    Well, crap. I can't read :facepalm:

    Turns out visiting three different forums at once is a bad idea.
     
  10. shihonage

    shihonage Made in USSR

    May 8, 2007
    Carmack was always about complexity of programming rather than games.

    Before smartphones, he managed to put in translucency and rudimentary lightsourcing into the versions of Wolfenstein RPG written in slow-ass Java.

    It's always been about the challenge for him, about squeezing the most out of hardware. During development of Quake, he bet that he would put in realtime lightsourcing into the game within one hour. He won the bet.

    Games just happened to be a cutting-edge target for his talent.